car bomb


Definition of car bomb

: an explosive device concealed in an automobile for use as a weapon of terrorism

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Somali soldiers look at a blast mark of car bomb attack at a checkpoint near Sanguuni military base, where an American special operations soldier was killed by a mortar attack on June 8. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "America’s Other Endless War: Battling al-Shabaab in Somalia," 17 Jan. 2019 On Sunday, a suicide car bomb struck near a ballot box storage facility, killing one person and wounding up to 20. Sinan Salaheddin, Fox News, "Iraq begins hand recount of May ballots from city of Kirkuk," 4 July 2018 But none of those were car bombs, which haven't been recorded in Colombia since a 2006 attack by the FARC on a military college that injured 23 people, according to Cerac. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Car Bomb at Colombian Police Academy Kills 21," 18 Jan. 2019 The situation started on February 14th when a convoy of Indian paramilitary police forces in was attacked by a car bomb, killing 46 troops. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Aircraft Shot Down As Crisis Between India and Pakistan Escalates," 27 Feb. 2019 Self-rule has replaced supervision from afar, and a return to the terrifying days of car bombs and masked gunmen is unthinkable. Michael O’donnell, WSJ, "‘Say Nothing’ Review: The Ballad of Jean McConville," 26 Feb. 2019 The car bombs killed hundreds and forced the government to Balkanize Baghdad with T-walls and dozens of checkpoints. Nabih Bulos, The Seattle Times, "Baghdad, once a jewel among Arab capitals, is barely functional," 28 Jan. 2019 The car bombs destroyed one African Union vehicle and one Somali government vehicle, according to Maj. Jina Moore, New York Times, "In Somalia, Shabab Attacks Leave Ugandan Peacekeepers Dead," 1 Apr. 2018 In 2003, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, set off a car bomb at the elegant El Nogal social club in Bogotá, killing 36. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Car Bomb at Colombian Police Academy Kills 21," 18 Jan. 2019

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1923, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of car bomb

: a bomb that is hidden inside or underneath a vehicle

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